President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the mounting cost of his ambitious Fourth of July celebration, saying the price tag “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”
The president on Wednesday did not specify the projected costs for Thursday’s event, but the $2.5 million Park Service figure to just partially cover costs would be larger than the entire price tag for Fourth of July celebrations past.
And while Trump appeared to suggest Wednesday that the only extra cost incurred by the increased focus on flaunting the military’s assets would be fuel, he glossed over the cost of hiring personnel for the event and the measures being taken to bring in the military hardware.
The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019